Water tower in Arp, Texas
Location of Arp, Texas
Arp is a city in Smith County, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of theTyler, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the population was 976 in 2009.
The settlement now known as Arp was originally called Strawberry. The town was renamed for Bill Arp (pen name of Charles Henry Smith), a Georgiahumorist who was nationally known in the late 19th century. The new name was supposedly chosen for its brevity, which allowed local strawberry producers to spend less time hand-marking their crates.
As of the census of 2000, there were 901 people, 361 households, and 259 families residing in the city. The population density was 367.6 people per square mile (142.0/km²). There were 405 housing units at an average density of 165.2 per square mile (63.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.34% White, 3.22% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.44% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.
There were 361 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $38,807. Males had a median income of $27,443 versus $22,202 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,619. About 4.2% of families and 4.9% of the population were below thepoverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Arp is served by the Arp Independent School District, and includes an elementary school, junior high school and high school.
In the 2005-2006 basketball season, Arp High School won the 2A State Basketball Tournament in Austin.